ECW Welcomes Cecily Zander

Zander, CecilyEmerging Civil War is pleased to welcome Cecily N. Zander!

Cecily is a historian specializing in the Civil War era and the American West. She is currently finishing her dissertation at the Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation project examines the Regular Army from 1835-1885 and discusses the complex and multifaceted relationship between military power, federal policy, American expansion, and the Civil War.

Cecily received her MA from Penn State in 2017 and her BA from the University of Virginia in 2015. She grew up on the Colorado Front Range and spends considerable time explaining the difference between real mountains (the Rockies) and the Appalachians to her friends.

She has published articles in both academic and popular venues, including Civil War Times magazine and Civil War History. She will soon publish an essay on Elizabeth Bacon Custer in a follow up volume to Gary W. Gallagher and Stephen Cushman, eds., Civil War Writing (LSU, 2019). Her research has been supported by grants from the Center For Military History, the Huntington Library, and the University of Oklahoma Western History Collection, as well as the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas, the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University, and the Filson Historical Society.

When not reading and writing about the Civil War era, Cecily enjoys hiking and visiting historic sites, as well as watching various sports squads—including the Colorado Rockies, Arsenal FC, the Virginia Cavaliers basketball team, and Penn State football. She has visited 42 of the lower 48 states and intends to cross the remaining six off of her list soon.

More information can be found at her personal website:


6 Responses to ECW Welcomes Cecily Zander

  1. Greetings!
    As regards your concern about “real mountains,” in Queensland Australia a group of folks were tired of their nearly-a-mountain, Castle Hill, not getting proper recognition. So they carted rubble and soil to the top in an effort to gain the 70 feet required to put the Hill into the category of Mountain (1000 feet.) But, it is still called Castle Hill…
    What does Australia have to do with the Civil War? It was one of the places CSS Shenandoah stopped on her round the world cruise in 1865.
    All the best
    Mike Maxwell

  2. Good to have Cecily and her western perspective on board. But she needs to know that the “real” mountains are in Wyoming. 🙂

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